How you should choose a cloud provider - 7 criteria

May 14, 2021

Introduction

As we all know, the IT industry is growing exponentially as more IT systems are getting externalised. Cloud computing and cloud-based services are playing a significant role in such development. Before you go with any particular cloud service provider, it is essential to comprehend how to choose the cloud service providers. Taking maximum benefit of the cloud and picking the right cloud service providers has become critical for long-term success.
However, we have a broad market with a myriad of cloud providers. Each of them offers a larger cluster of services from the other. But the selection of cloud service providers (CSPs) becomes complicated because there are market giants like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, etc., to small players endeavouring healthy and customised services. It is beneficial to opt for cloud services - more and more firms and enterprises are adopting these multi-cloud services to save cost, reduce risks, data portability, multiple back-ups, and on-demand services.
According to Gartner, around 75% of the enterprises will opt multi-cloud strategy by 2022. Therefore, choosing the best cloud service provider is essential for the benefit of your organisation. Let us now understand the criteria for the best combination of features and resources that a cloud provider should provide. In this article, we will discuss all the worthwhile standards you should look for before choosing one.

Criteria to choose the best Cloud Service Providers

Organisations should understand their requirements and then choose the best CSP. For these, your chosen CSP should provide the following pointers:

i. Cloud performance: Organizations and firms usually look for high-end computation with the latest CPUs and GPU accelerators embedded with the service. Usually, firms with heavy dataflows will demand dedicated servers with high-performance storage that can withstand high-bandwidth and high transmission workloads. Your vendor should provide uniform compute power with high-performance storage at scale. It will be possible only when proper cloud computing equipment supports the cloud.

ii. Flexibility: Flexibility is crucial because it is a significant advantage of adopting cloud services. Your HPC cloud vendor should render a wide range of flexible solutions and on-demand services. For this, the CSP should possess a well understanding of the hybrid cloud. You can ask your vendor whether they can provide flexibility specialities like resource management, auto-scaling, on-demand computation, and persistent disk storage with auto-backup mechanisms. If the cloud provider can render diverse storage options such as file systems, relational databases, key-value stores, and object stores, it will be more beneficial. Other flexibilities like data import and export will also benefit your organisation in the long run. If the cloud vendor fails to provide you with all these customisations and flexibilities, you can move on.

iii. Cost: It is probably the most decisive factor to consider before choosing a cloud provider. It becomes complicated when it comes to cost as cloud vendors provide a range of plans with discounts that become hard to analyse straightway. So, to make a decision, you have to understand your requirement, and based on the predicted and actual usage pattern, you have to choose what suits most for your timeframe, business paradigm, and budget.

iv. Reliability: There are various aspects to the reliability, such as data redundancy and cross geo data replication. Your vendor should possess atleast data centres that comprise redundant power, cooling mechanisms, and network carriers. Also, make sure that the services and facilities should be available 24x7. Working with large data centres with robust computation will benefit your organisation with a single consistent service.

v. Degree of security and compliance: Data security is a topmost concern for any organisation. The cloud vendor you choose must provide a comprehensive security infrastructure at all verticals with in-depth security policies and protocols for managing access to consumer and provider systems. Do not negotiate on the security features like end-to-end data security, data in transit, and data at rest. You may also look for non-shared servers, segregated networks, and storage for complete isolation of sensitive data.

vi. Manageability: Also, spare some time to determine what various other cloud platforms demand from you to manage. All cloud providers cater to different support services with dashboards with orchestration tools to manage or integrate several services they offer. So, better choosing offers interfaces that have an easy way to combine and pour services without much effort.

vii. Customer Support: Support is another crucial parameter. Though it comes at the last, we cannot ignore it. When we need help and support, the vendor should instantly be able to provide it quickly and clearly. The vendor's support system should provide a chat service or call centre that too 24x7.

Conclusion

Cloud is the next-generation framework for digitisation. All seven criteria discussed above will help you choose the right CSP and make you embrace a solid analytical framework before determining which cloud vendor you should trust with your data and applications. E2ENetworks (https://www.e2enetworks.com/) provides different cloud services fulfilling all the criteria you need for productive cloud infrastructure.

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